This Is The Antidote For Digital Narcissism

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What’s sad is that for some people, the vacation didn’t happen and the charitable work doesn’t count unless it’s on social media. It has to be uploaded, seen and liked to matter.

What you seldom see are the routine parts of people’s lives. The boring stuff like reading email at work. Poring over spreadsheets and enduring conference calls. Doing the laundry and vacuuming. How boring!

People only portray the cool stuff. The coffee shop photos or selfies in the gym, where they’re showing up their sedentary friends. They share this stuff because it reflects well on them. They know it will garner lots of likes. And that makes them feel good.

Is That Yayoi Kusama Selfie Worth the Wait?

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The show promises an immersive, transcendental experience in which viewers — typically three at a time — step inside mirrored rooms alternately covered with dangling lanterns and floating globes. We were among the 14,000 visitors trying to push through the exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work in its opening week late last month. Like many others, we came with our phones out, seeking the perfect shot, depicting captivated bliss reflected thousands of times over.

But instead: “Keep it moving,” guards yelled as visitors lingering in front of Ms. Kusama’s canvases of hypnotic nets and dots.

… Ms. Donnally, 61, and her husband, from Washington, were turned away from the show on their first try. On their second attempt, they arrived more than an hour before the museum opened at 10 a.m. They did not get all the way through “Infinity Mirrors” until 4 p.m. “I hadn’t realized it would take all day,” Ms. Donnally said.

… So is it worth the wait? Absolutely, but with all the Snapchatting and Instagramming, don’t forget to look at the art.


Are you finished in there yet? How the bathroom selfie became so huge

Women in bathroom at Met Gala Ball

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Historically, the bathroom selfie used to be perceived as fairly cringeworthy. If you had to take a picture of yourself in the bathroom mirror, camera flash obscuring half your face, it implied you had no friends to do it for you. But the bathroom selfie has evolved – as the million-plus hashtagged Instagram bathroom selfies attest – a shower selfie also proves how good you look without makeup, sticking a leg out of bathtub bubbles gives you the chance to flash some flesh while pretending not to be too craven in your attention-seeking. At the Met Gala Ball, the bathroom was where people went to take the selfies that had been banned by host Anna Wintour, the modern celebrity equivalent of smoking in the loos at school. The most interesting bathroom selfies are political. In the US, transgender people have been taking selfies in public lavatories to protest against laws which insist they use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth.

But for most, a bathroom backdrop is simply an alternative to the golden sunsets or plush bedroom suites that already litter Instagram’s most epicurean snaps. “The essential psychological motivation is always going to be some form of validation,” says Aaron Balick, author of the Psychodynamics of Social Networking. A bathroom selfie is no different. Although, he points out, a bathroom provides a feeling of privacy in which to photograph yourself, at odds with your decision to share it.


Teenage innovators are improving the bathroom selfie, one random object at a time

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Ah, the bathroom selfie – a millennial rite of passage.

From Myspace to Snapchat, the mirror picture has remained a relatively untouched staple of growing up on social media. Today, one Twitter thread is taking the timeless pose to the next, ridiculous level.

Started by Twitter user @lowkeydeee, teens are posting hilarious pictures in a thread of themselves  standing in front of a mirror holding any random object – giving the appearance that they’re taking selfies with just about anything but their cellphones.

Selfies, Snapchat and sassy ladies: a teen’s guide to social media

Lucia Hagan

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Facebook is over

There are only two types of social media anyone my age uses: Snapchat and Instagram. Snapchat is for giving everyone a constant insight into your life, without it being as annoying as posting loads of videos and photos on to Instagram (Snapchat posts disappear). Instagram is basically the same thing, except your uploads are more spaced out. The only people I know who use Facebook are my parents; mostly it’s a place where people dump their non-Instagram-worthy pictures every couple of months.

I use YouTube quite a lot, usually to watch makeup tutorials, but I always end up clicking through different videos until I end up on a weird conspiracy theory (usually Shane Dawson’s web series, where he covered the killer clowns). That’s when I know it’s time to stop.

The Hillary Clinton Selfie as Political Salve, or Weapon

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In the weeks since the election, some Americans have found a new folk hero in a familiar face: Hillary Clinton, comfortably dressed suburban retiree… Each chance Clinton meeting is marked with a digital memento: A selfie with the woman who would be president (sometimes photographed by a man who already was).

…But the real message is in the visuals. In each photograph, Mrs. Clinton smiles warmly. Her face is free of makeup, her hair undone. She wears practical layers — leggings, turtlenecks, patterned fleeces, fun scarves. After the knock-down, drag-out battle of the campaign, the images suggest she has, unexpectedly, found peace. She has cast off the militaristic coats, the pantsuit uniform, the helmet hairdo and the mask of TV news makeup that she wore as Hillary Clinton, embattled Democratic hopeful and Republican villain. Now she presents as a recently retired woman living her best life.

There is a larger Democratic fantasy being enacted here. The smiley sightings project an idea of enclaves — perhaps deep in the woods of Chappaqua, or in the stacks of an indie bookstore — where the fear and depression felt by many after the election does not loom.